Making 17th Century Stays – Historical Corsetry

It was a lot of fun to make these mid 17th century stays, I am so happy with how they turned out!

Original Extant Stays, held at the Manchester Art Gallery, lots of lovely pictures:

My previous videos about this project:
Scaling up a Pattern to Life-Size
Making the Mock-Up

Pattern and detailed analysis from Patterns of Fashion 5:

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Favorite Lens (good for low-light!):
Pattern Paper:
Extra Wide Ironing Board:
Silk and Linen fabric from

Synthetic “Whalebone” – 4 mm

100 yd. Roll 1/8 inch Plain Weave White Cotton Tape

Awl –
Wonderclips “Pinchy Crabs”

Blue silk ribbon and thread:

Bone needle:

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